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administration to admit that this was a terrorist attack. >> well, now ambassador stevens, as you have heard, the father of ambassador stevens is saying, quote, it would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue. it has to be objectively examined. it does not belong in the campaign arena. is the romney campaign wrong to politicize this while an investigation is ongoing? >> well, i think that when it comes to ambassador stevens' death all of us honor him for his service and his contribution to both our country and to what he did to help further the peace in libya. but what i think is an issue is this question of leadership and then how the events unfolded, what the white house did know, when it did know -- and when it knew it. so i think there's a separation. it's not necessarily about ambassador stevens but, in fact, about foreign policy and leadership and how this administration is handling the crisis that has stemmed from this internally. remember, richard, these were the same folks that came out and condemned anybody who suggested it was anything other than a video and now we
together late ambassador chris stevens. attorney general eric holder says the probe has been active for weeks. just this morning, turkish media reports that two suspects have been detained in connection with the killing of ambassador stevens. nbc news has not independently confirmed that story. >>> later this morning, the september jobs report will be released. it will reportedly be better than august. let's go to jeff live in london. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the problem is, the economy's just not adding jobs fast enough. we might see 118,000. that seems to be the consensus. but you know what? you need at least 125,000 to keep the equalibrium in the economy. this economy needs to find another 4.7 million jobs. that just isn't happening fast enough. that is a big deadweight around obama's neck when it comes to this election race here. probably just worth reflecting on why the federal reserve has said it is going to continue buying mortgage backed securities to the tune of $40 billion a month. it is all about that jobs number, and the fed's commitment to help th
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chris stevens. the most important take away, there were no protests in front of the consulate before the attacks ever. directly contradicting the story given by susan rice three weeks ago. here's the timeline as we know it from the state department. at 8:30 p.m. local, the streets are calm as ambassador stevens says good night to a viz siing turkish diplomat. answer agent sees a large number of men flowing into the compound and immediately puts out on alarm. a security act hustles the ambassador and others to a bunker inside the residence. the attackers then spray diesel newly igniting the building, trapping the men inside, unable to see or breathe through the heavy smoke. they now know that one security agent escapes through a window. later the american security detail finds the body of shaun smith who died of smoke inhalation, but is unable to locate ambassador stevens and in fact does not find him until his body turns up hours later in a hospital after the staff there dials numbers on ambassador stevens' cell phone to identify him. survivors escape in an armored vehicle through he
the benghazi terror attack that led to four deaths including u.s. ambassador chris stevens gets seriously heated. details next. good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> debate day in america. vice president joe biden and paul ryan prepare to square off tonight in kentucky. new poll numbers show the current vp has his work cut out for him. according to a new survey from the pugh center, 39% of registered voters view biden favorably. that's compared to 44% who favor ryan. when it comes to predicting the winner of tonight's debate, 40% of registered voters say ryan will come out on top. 34% think biden will prevail. nbc's tracie potts has a preview of tonight's debate. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the pressure is on vice president biden to try to turn things around after the presidential debate last week. he has the experience on the debate stage to do so. but as you saw in the numbers, it looks like the public is betting more on paul ryan. ryan took a bit of an exertion yesterday while he was practicing in florida saying that the vice president
is bringing somebody to help him. academy award winner, director, producer, steven spielberg. we're going to find out how the new issue of "time" relates to spielberg's latest film with abraham lincoln. up next, mike allen with the top stories in the "politico playbook." first, bill karins. what's it look like out there? >> it's all about sandy. it's interesting how this plays out over the next week. how about a billion-dollar weather disaster seven days before the election? that could happen. it is a potential with this storm as it possibly heads up into new england. it crossed cuba last night, still devastating weather from cuba into the bahamas during the day today. we have rain coming for south florida today. this will be a glancing blow, though, by florida standards and georgia and south carolina. notice it parallels the coastline all the way through sunday. the next chance for significant impacts would be up in new england as we go throughout monday into tuesday. we have the potential for a landfall from this system from maine all the way down to the delmarva. it's kind of undetermi
to the killing of the great ambassador like ambassador chris stevens. >> look, libya is an important example. after the tragedy of september 11th, you saw tens and thousands of libyans marching in the street in honor of chris stevens. they valued his offer in engaging in the world and democracy, particularly for young democracy is more than just going to the ballot box. that's the very first requirement. we have to set up a simple structure, a court system. >> how does the american administration get the kind of information that chris and others are asking for in relation to a tragedy like this when the government is basically not formed. it's formulating before our very eyes? >> we have to help it. we have to set up structures. we have to help them set up an intelligence gathering system. there's a whole structure of civil society. >> and don't you think, though, if i may be and we were not literally enough in describing the conditions inside a place like benghazi. it's because we weren't clear enough in terms of the problems that occurred in the nation that is uprising, that is literally r
there were concerns by some of those who were a part of ambassador stevens' immediate group talking about issues that they had. there's also been just moments ago, some discussion about whether some of the information being presented is classified or not. so there are lots of political overtones to this. very complicated because there are lives that were lost here. there was service to the country from these fine americans who were there and who were killed and so everyone is trying to trade a bit lightly on that. but there is a lot of politics mixed into this along with the committee's responsibility in oversight to look for answers. there was frustration among some republicans that the state department put out a detailed timeline but not included members of the committee. frustration among democrats who say that one of the members jason chav fitz went to libya but no democrats involved on that trip. there are complex ish shis and don't expect to have all of the issues. they want to shine a light on things, worries among those closest to ambassador stevens and those on the ground concern
of this because he knew and respected chris stevens and is really focused on protecting all of our diplomats who are serving abroad. >> mitt romney has had twice as many town hall meetings -- at least twice as many -- in recent months as the president has. the president hasn't had many news conferences at all. do you think that you let him get a little rusty? >> the president's pretty good on his feet. i've been working for him for a long time, and i can tell you that much. we feel better about how his policies will help the american people, so that's an advantage. but you're right, mitt romney's a good salesman. he knows what to say that people want to hear. he did that during his time at bain, he did that during the 100 town halls i believe he's done over the past year or so. you know, we expect that he's going to try to hide from his record, and we're ready to combat that. >> jen psaki, the president isn't the only one who's a good salesman or saleswoman. thank you very much. traveling press secretary. >> thank you, andrea. have a good day. >> see you in hofstra. >>> we'll hear from bob mcdon
before the terrorist attack in benghazi on september 11th that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. congressman jason chaffetz chairs the house subcommittee on national security and has returned from a fact-finding mission in benghazi. thank you, congressman, very good to see you. first, i wanted to share something with you because governor romney just at a campaign appearance in iowa shared a story of having met one of the navy s.e.a.l.s., since he refers to it to him as a massachusetts resident, massachusetts native, we think that he's talking about glen doherty, let me play them. >> one of them was a guy from my home state of massachusetts and relatively young guy compared to me and he was a former navy s.e.a.l. living in san diego and learned about him, talked about his life, he skied a lot, in some of the places i had and we had a lot of things in common, he told me that he keeps going back to the middle east, he cares very deeply about the people there. he served in the military there. went back from time to time to offer security services and so for
, my gosh. steven colbert yesterday on "meet the press" briefly stepping out of character with david gregory. >> does the outcome of this presidential election change anything significantly? >> sure. sure. i'm not ralph nader. you know what i mean? i don't think there's no difference. there is a difference. i don't know what the difference is, though. because i think -- i think there is a possibility that obama would be, say, more aggressive -- a more aggressive or reformer in the second act of his presidency. and i don't really know how -- i also don't know how mitt romney would govern. he might govern as a technocrat. like the guy from pepsi who comes in to run gm. he can't tell us what he'll do because he hasn't seen the books yet. we don't know, because he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate and pretty sincere as a severe conservative. so that's not a dig. it's honest confusion. he's got a good shot of winning. if he does, i hope he's a good president. if obama wins, i hope he keeps some of the promises he didn't keep the first time. but i have no idea how it changes for us. b
of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans? the question is, why was a request from stevens for additional security declined? we'll look into that. >>> the jets hang tough with the very best team in the afc. mark sanchez getting one last drive to win it. the question
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president biden. >> what it was was a tragedy, martha. chris stevens was one of our best. we lost three other americans. i can make absolutely two commitments to you and all the other american people. one, we will find and bring to justice the men who did this and, secondly, we will get to the bottom of it. whatever -- wherever the facts lead us, wherever they lead us we will make clear to the american public because whatever mistakes are made will not be made again. >> this benghazi issue would be a tragedy in and of itself but unfortunately it's indicative of a broader problem. what we're watching on our tv screens is the unraveling of the obama foreign policy which is making it more chaotic and us less safe. >> it's been over a month since the attack in benghazi and the details of what happened there are still trickling out tai by day. let's start from the beginning. it can be a little confusing. on september 11th a group of egyptians gathered outside the embassy in cairo. they scaled down the embassy walls and tore down the flag. that protest was in response to a 14 minute youtube f
.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi which killed ambassador stevens and three other americans grew out of a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-muslim video. the white house later reversed course and said it was a premeditated terrorist attack. david plouffe tried to clear up its inconsistency yesterday on "meet the press." >> information was being provided real time. obviously you're going to know more two weeks after an event and a week after an event and as ambassador rice -- that was the information from the intelligence community, provided for congress. the reason, obviously, we now have stipulated this is a terrorist attack is that came from the intelligence agencies. >> plouffe's comments after the director of national sbem generals released a mea culpa two days earlier saying it was the fault of the intelligence community and not the white house acknowledging its assessment was based on preliminary and evolving evidence. that explanation wasn't good enough for peter king, the top republican on the house homeland security committee who called for the resignation of u.n. am
investigation in to that attack in libya and ambassador stevens killed and three other americans and someone that worked in the state department and knew the ambassador, do you think that the administration dropped the ball? >> the speech today is certainly going to highlight this but the administration is not dropping the ball. they have been coming out with information as they have learned it about the libya attacks and the danger today is con inflation of rhetoric and attacks could paint governor romney in to a position of scare mong mongering. this is a person in 2007 saying he would not go after bin laden if he had actionable intelligence and president obama got bin laden. the lynn yann incident is dangerous and the state department has to take care of the future in terms of its ambassador's safety and security and looking in to it. but to politicize it in such a way and platform could be undermining to that process. >> one area of concern is syria. ambassador ginsburg, i want your take on what governor romney is expected to say, specifically saying in syria, i'll work with the partners
know that president understands the seriousness of losing four americans including chris stevens who he knew personally very well? >> andrea, i'm not focused as much on the exchange with jon stewart as i am about the -- i think disingenuous answer that the president gave at the debate. you know, the senate gets the top secret briefings and even after the press was putting the timelines together and it was really well known that this was not some spontaneous uprising, it was a planned attack, it was in every media, yet in our briefings to congress, that we were getting from the cia officials and the state department officials, was saying the same thing that the president was trying to put over as the reason this video. and i think that's the most troubling part of this. that it was more let's not go there, we don't want to have this be a political issue, rather than this is a terrorist attack and i'm going to stand up for america. >> well, there was the briefing from -- to the senate in open session from matthew olson, the counterterrorism official who said it was terror attack and the p
was granted but a commander on that security team report eed will testify th chris stevens who was killed during the attack wanted the security time to stay even longer. that request was turned down. the state department says the 16 member security team was based in tripoli and would not have made a difference at the time of the attack in benghazi. the president's top counter-terrorism official expected to arrive in libya today to make his own assessment of what happened there. >>> we're two days out now from the first and only vice-presidential debate between joe biden and paul ryan. it will take place in kentucky. democrats counting on a strong performance from the vice president who has been hold up for days studying in his hometown of wilmington, delaware. the vice president is receiving counsel from obama campaign senior adviser david axelrod and has done two mock debates. vice president biden also reportedly been reading "young guns," remember that? a book co-written by paul ryan. congressman ryan is in florida this morning where he's lined up for a full day of debate prep. yesterda
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. by then the attackers already had set fire to the building where ambassador chris stevens was hiding. that account directly conflicts the description of the attack provided on "meet the press" by u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice. this was on september 16th, five days after the attack. >> putting together the best information that we have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. almost a copy cat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted of course by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. >> that from the obama administration again on september the 16th. yesterday, october the 9th, the state department says there were no protests outside the u.s. consulate in benghazi. today congress is set on to hold a hearing on the attack. it's expected to focus on potential security lapses at the compound and whether or not the administration in
. >>> the attack in libya that killed ambassador stevens and three other americans is quickly moving to the forefront. the obama administration under fire for contradictions in the aftermath and questions about who knew what and when. the topic dominated much of thursday night's vice-presidential debate and it's continuing today. romney camp continuing push hard on it. >> when the prp vice president the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> that was governor romney yesterday in richmond, virginia. how much of an impact will this issue have on the president's standing with regard to foreign policy. he's a surrogate for the obama cam paper. do appreciate you spending part of your afternoon with us, sir. >> great being back on here, buddy. >> a lot of con nutrition, a lot of second-guessing about what happened in benghazi. here's what republican congressman darrell issa had to say earlier. take a listen. >> they repeatedly warned washing
stevens and three other americans were killed at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, mr. romney rushed out a statement in which he accused the president of, quote, sympathizing with those who waged the attack. of course that was blatantly political. republicans cooked up a dishonest talking point, claiming officials created a coverup on the attack by initially leaking the libya attack to protests over an anti muslim video. >> i don't think that they should have sent their u.n. ambassador out five days later to say that this was from a spontaneous mob reacting to a youtube video. >> i think you need to ask yourself, why didn't we know five days later when the ambassador to the united nations. >> then why send susan rice out saying that this was a spoon tan yous reaction, not reacting to a youtube video? >> now we know the truth is, obama administration officials were repeating what the cia experts were telling them. "the washington post" writes, quote, the cia documents supported susan rice's description of the benghazi attacks but the romney campaign doesn't care. they are playing poli
stevens as part of a larger narrative about leadership. you have sent a leader to secretary of state clinton saying diplomats requested additional security and that those requests were denied. can you tell us more about that? >> in my letter, we outlined 13 security interest attacks, threats against western targets. let's remember that in the six months that led up to 9/11, which was the death of four americans, the death of an ambassador, first time since the 1970s that has happened. they did ask for increased security. they actually diminished the security pro file. did you know for instance that twice, our compound there in bengha benghazi, sovereign territory, was bombed two times? the white house had never told the american people that let alone the word. did you know that the british ambassador had two assassination attempts on his life? did you know that secretary, ambassador stevens had a facebook post showing where he runs, his picture, and people were advocating they kill the ambassador. all of these things in the six months running up to 9/11 and his ultimate death. it was
lincoln and steven douglas. they were part of the race for one of illinois's two senate seats. lincoln lost the debates and elections, but the conversations launched him into national prominence and lincoln went on to become one of the the greatest presidents today. what if that's what got him killed, changing the course of the nation? the next guest tells the story of an assassination plot wider and far more sinister than we imagined. joining us is timothy o'brien, the executive editor of the huffington post and the author of "the lincoln conspiracy." >> it's great to be here, s.e. >> i love alternative history and the kinds of things eric larson does with history. this is a combination of history and fiction. tell me, was this a conspiracy you actually believe in? do you think think this is what happened or did you dream this up to sort of enhance a novelistic new version of history? >> lincoln conspiracy is a historical thriller about this incredible moment of change after the lincoln assassination and the industrialization of america and cities and society and ferment. and the assa
, chris stevens. >> the issue has been there's been inconsistency from the administration as to how they described it. the president did call it an act of terror the day before but also made reference to the potential that this was a response to a video that was getting -- an anti-islam video that was causing disruptions in egypt as well. this is how paul ryan is describing the situation. he did it in a radio interview on friday. >> the problem is their story continues to shift. they fail to answer the basic questions about what happened. so his response has been inconsistent. it's been misleading. and more than a month later, we still have more questions than answers. the benghazi thing would be a tragedy in and of itself if it was an isolated incident. the problem is it's not isolated but a picture of the broader story of the absolute unraveling of the obama administration's foreign policy. >> david, as you know, the argument is that this central claim of the administration to have dealt a withering blow to al qaeda, including killing osama bin laden, is undermined by an attack li
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of christopher stevens, the u.s. a ambassador to libya, he says his son's death shouldn't be politicized. jan stevens told bloomberg, it would be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue. the security matters are being adequately investigated. it does not belong to the campaign arena. that's what he said. mitt romney has, of course, criticized president obama saying the administration didn't do enough to keep the ambassador safe. we'll be right back. that makes tv even better. if your tv were a prom queen, zeebox would be a stretch limo. with this enchanting union, comes a sunroof she can scream from... i'm goin' to prom! [ male announcer ] ...and a driver named bruce that she can re-name james... faster, james! [ male announcer ] ...just 'cause. download zeebox free, and have the night of your life with your tv. to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs without enough college graduates to fill them. that's why at devry university, we're teaming up with companies like cisco to help make sure e
, doesn't make sense. >> ambassador steven's father and glen doherty's mother say the same thing. the security matters are being adequately investigated, . in october, anything reeks of politics. any regrets made it too far and turned it too much in a political i shall owned not taken seriously? >> nobody's political playbook on 9/11 to have the death and the murder of these four americans. they were good americans, serving their country. the reality is we have hundreds of embassy and consulates, we have thousands of people serving overseas what would be wrong is if a person like me, i chaired the sub committee on the national security, homeland defense and operations. >> congress wasn't in session and doesn't seem like a show hearing. >> if i said we got an election here, we can't dive into this, we got people that are dead. you have an administration that did not come clean on response to this they budge approximatelied their answer. >> this is not the easiest thing, fog of war is fog of war. >> remember in the hearing, the person, charlene lamb testified, she said that they we
chris stevens' body was or whether he was alive -- it's forgotten because of the overarching problem with the administration pointing fingers in all directions. the testimony on capitol hill was that there was real-time video and real-time reporting back to washington as the assault was taking place. at that moment they knew there was no protest, there was an invasion. >> right. >> and at the same time the initial intelligence say assessment that went to susan rice and sat down with you on "meet the press," what everybody is referring to, that intelligence assessment is what people say and hillary clinton again today said rice was operating off of. >> right. i mean this is the problem. so you know, where did this line of communication get so bad? why did it take so long? let's also remember jay carney said it was self-evident it was terrorism but he said that, you know, more than a week later. i just think this is confusing. as a policy matter a lot of sort of accountability for this. still the question of where does it go. you know, what are we doing right now to investigate and tra
, releasing memos yesterday, suggesting that ambassador stevens himself had concern over islamic radicals and al qaeda elements in benghazi. there was a september 11th cable concerned about libyan militias helping to provide security to ambassador stevens. and last but not least today, a report by david ig nashs, a veteran foreign affairs correspondent in "the washington post," citing a cia talking point. remember, susan rice, the ambassador to the united states got in a lot of heat because she went on shows a week later and said it was a spontaneous action. it turns out, that's exactly the talking points that the cia was distributing within the united states government. so a lot of controversy, a lot of ambiguity. it's not likely to die down between now and monday and even after that, richard. >> it's going to be a very detailed and involved issue, if they do bring it up. we're getting information each and every day. mike viqueira, thank you so much. now, the attack on libya, as mike viqueira was telling us, goes back to this exchange. this is a big issue and might be a very big part of
of took place in libya than president obama. he knew ambassador and stevens and respected and admired him. this is an instance where the president has been thoughtful. every statement he and secretary rice made were statements that came from information from the intelligence community. the investigation will go on. the president will gather the truth. tamron, if we look at this president's record versus the rhetoric on the other side, we can see under president obama we're more secure than we've ever been. he's done all he can to bring terrorists to justice, and you can expect whoever did harm to ambassador stevens and these other fine patriots will be brought to justice by president obama. >> patrick, we've seen so many things over this election season, many inappropriate things to say, sxadly we have to report on another comment made on the campaign trail. this one, jason thompson, the son of tommy thompson. he was at an event in wisconsin, an rnc event in that state. let me play what he had to say regarding the president and where he was born. let me play this. >> we have the opportuni
head-start to home cooked. >>> well, the father of christopher stevens, the u.s. ambassador to libya, he says his son's death shouldn't be politicized. jan stevens told bloomberg, it would be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue. the security matters are being adequately investigated. it does not belong to the campaign arena. that's what he said. mitt romney has, of course, criticized president obama saying the administration didn't do enough to keep the ambassador safe. we'll be right back. >>> we're back. the senate race in north dakota between democrat heidi heitkamp, the former attorney general and republican congressman rick berg should have been a slam dunk for the republicans. the state is solidly red and with less than a month to election day mitt romney is expected to win the state by double digits. but the race is much closer. a dead heat at 47% right now. it's a matchup that could determine control of the u.s. senate. with me now is former attorney general heidi heitkamp. i want to show you an ad now that you've been the victim of. let's show this ad that you've pu
the course of the last month than it had been for the last year and a half. >> so this rumor that stu stevens has been elevated to the sidelines poppy cook. >> i'm comfounded of references of stu stevens because i don't know who that is. but yes, no in terms of strategy, there's like when you move to a general election you get a whole bunch of -- that's a bigger campaign. so stuart was doing a lot of stuff before the general election. he's doing less stuff, but not so much he's been relegated to something as there is a lot more to do and he's doing the things he's good at. >> let's talk about the new and improved and wetter mitt romney that we saw yesterday on stage. i will say, you know, president obama that moment when he's in the downpour his shirt sleeves are wet, wiping his face away, the dram my tus persona on the stage, romney in the downpour, swagger is no the a word we often use with mitt romney but it was the sort of boldest, most confident romney we've seen in a long time. >> which presidential candidate looks better wet. i'm glad to finally get to those independent voters who are
about last month eye deadly terror attack that killed chris stevens and three other americans in libya. it was the subject of a heated hearing on capitol hill. >> this was never about a video, it was never spontaneous, this is terror. and i want to know why we were wlid lied to. >> on my honor, no, none, political pressure was applied to me in this case by anyone in the state department, at the national security council or at the white house. >> at a white house oversight committee hearing, republicans accused of obama administration of a cover up. the committee heard from two men who had previously protected ambassador stevens. they said their repeated requests for more security were turned down. >> we were fighting a losing battle. we couldn't even keep what we had. we were not even allowed to keep what we had. >> it was abundantly clear we were not going to get resources until the after math of an incident. >> joining me is p.j. crowley. good morning. there's been a lot of talk about the number of security personnel, about physical barriers. how serious do you think the security pro
advanced and after chris stevens was tragically killed, 30,000 libyans came out with signs saying, we love america, we love chris stevens. that's america at its best. on the mitt romney, you have this confusion, you have completely helter skelter policy. >> tomorrow at work people will be talking about it and i have to say there's nothing from the romney side that i remember but that line about we don't have as many horses in the military anymore, that sounds to me like what people are going to be saying at work tomorrow. >> well, i hope so because this is serious business. i'm not going to laugh about it. it is really serious business. we have, you know, still too many troops in afghanistan for many people's liking. we have to transition that war but we have to do it in a way that protects the sacrifice of the troops that have been there and what we need to do for our security as a platform against counterterrorism. we don't want people being able to come back into the country and plot against our country again. so we have enormous challenges. but i listen to mitt romney tonight trying to
is an absolute mess. i think -- i've heard stuart stevens as saying let's focus on the economy. i think stuart stevens is exactly right. americans don't care as much in the polls about foreign policy. but several weeks later after this, i think it's very legitimate now that the press is going in and a couple of weeks have passed since the ambassador's death, now, yes. i mean, he's got a responsibility to talk about how badly the white house bungled this. >> i think he does. and indeed, you know, i think right now, the focus is a little misplaced. the notion that -- i think the white house is pretty credible in saying that they're learning more, that their initial instiblgt -- they didn't know the situation was initially, that they've explained it better as they've done intelligence assessments, but it raises the more fundamental question which is why was the consulate not secure? how was it that security issues, as opposed to their stories afterward, these are american lives at stake in an unstable region, what are the intelligence failures? what were the security failures? those are fundament
. i'm brynn gingras. >> thanks, brynn. >>> joining me on the phone is steven mays with the salvation army's emergency response division in manhattan. it's good to talk to you. what is your first order of business? >> chris, it's a pleasure with you this morning. our first order of business yesterday as the storm rolled in was to secure own our personnel and hunker through the storm like everybody else but we began receiving requests to handle the feeding piece at various shelters throughout long island in the midhudson valley and even to orange county and we parted with the red cross in several of these locations just to support with food. our local centers are prepared to produce food and that's an easy piece for us to fit and so last night we started to do that work but then, you know, we tried to hunker down and be as safe as we could, what the responders do their work but we are fulling expecting like everybody else to have a lot of work come our way when the lights come up this morning as people had -- as the storm passes and people can return home. we're fully expecting to feed
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stevens and three others. let's watch. >> and the suggestion that anybody in my team, or the secretary of state, our u.n. ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. that's not what we do. that's not what i do as president. that's not what i do as commander in chief. >> i think it's interesting the president just said something, which is that on the day after the attack, he went to the rose garden and said that this was an act of terror. >> that's what i said. >> you said in the rose garden, the day after two attack, it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration. >> please proceed, governor. >> i want to make sure we get that for the record. because it took the president 14 days before we -- >> get the transcript. >> he did, in fact, sir. so let me call it an act of terror. >> can you say that a little louder, candy? >> he did call it an act of terror. >> you know, it was one of those things, last night, he didn't challenge candy. once she said it, that was the umpire's call. >> and when the pr
voters in ohio and wisconsin. now we have an answer. it's steven einhorn's family foundation. who is he? he's a hedge fund manager on the milwaukee board, used to be on the board of milwaukee repertoire theater, even treasurer for think tank, and a major donor. they donated maximum $5,000 to mitt romney's campaign. his wife gave more than $5,000 to paul ryan and more than $30,000 to rnc and gave $50,000 to republican governor paul walker. last week clear channel took down the billboards. but why would they want the signs up in the first place? quote, perhaps chicago public relations firm could answer why the einhorns only felt it necessary to target legal voters in minority communities and why they didn't feel the need to do this public service across wisconsin where a majority of residents are white or put their names on it rather than hiding behind the cowardly veil of anonymity? a great thing about this country is you can do whatever you want with your money. and as i showed, he's given money to many cultural groups but now this, this is what he decided to spend money on? since presi
. >>> and director steven spielberg is talking about the challenges of bringing abraham lincoln to the big screen. spielberg says he is deliberately waiting until after the election to release the movie. >>> republican nominee of washington state governor rob mckenna is getting some flack after he and his wife jumped head worth in to a dance-off. check it out. ♪ why is he getting flack? look at him. oh. all right. after that, his wife tweeted, quote, 12-year-old offered me $10 never to do this again. he's so fun. that was one of the things we thought you should know. what 12-year-old wants to see their parents do that dance? [ female announcer ] food, meet flavor. flavor, meet food. it's time for swanson flavor boost. concentrated broth in easy to use packets. mix it into skillet dishes, for an instant dose of... hell-o! [ female announcer ] get recipes at flavorboost.com. >>> affirmative action took center stage at the supreme court. it is the first time the issue argued before the court since 2003. the national action network rallied outside the court this morning voicing support for affirmat
they do in advance. having worked with chris stevens, he was always on the cutting edge, wanting to be able to do more and not wanting to be restricted in terms of what he could do. calls were made. obviously in the after math it looks like the approach of security should have been different. it's easier to say after than before the fact. >> it's hard to say this about someone who tragically lost his life but some say because he was so beloved in benghazi that he department pay enough attention to the militias and al qaeda elements. >> i think he paid attention to everything but put them in perspective. what he felt was if you look at the reality of benghazi, the bulk of the population was pro american. i think he may have placed more faith and others placed faith in the militias that were supportive of the united states than those that were against. >> dennis, if i didn't say so, you are one of our foreign policy analysts here. we are happy to have you here. >> thank uh you. >> countdown to november. how much can change in 29 days? the strategy session next. i have a cold, and i
christopher stevens and three other americans. they have accused the administration of giving false information in the aftermath of the attack. they characterized it as a spontaneous protest that arose over an anti-muslim film in the usa today. here is issa today. >> today the state department became the process of becoming clean about what occurred in benghazi. contrary to early assertions by the administration, let's understand, there was no protest and cameras reveal that and the state department, the fbi and others have that video. >> democrats charged the hearing itself was politically motivated and that republicans have left them out of the investigation. here was ranking member elijiah couple krchl ummings. >> we need to carefully investigate allegations that have been made over the past week and we need to run them to the ground before we jump to conclusions. we should not be about the business of drawing concludes and then looking for the facts. >> for more on today's hearing and the politics behind it we're joined by capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. i guess the
much for your time tonight. >>> joining me now is dr. phil lip orton, from the stevens institute of technology. dr. or tcton, how big of an imp is this storm going to have over the next few hours as the storm makes landfall? >> the biggest krn is the central part of new injuries see. there is flooding all over the place. new york city is going to have pretty bad flooding and really now since it took more of a turn sitting to the south of new jersey, they are getting hammered. >> we heard from 9 to 11 foot storm surges from hurricane sandy. what exactly does that mean? >> the storm surge is a slow sea level rise over the past 24 hours it's been coming in. the tide comes in every 12 hours. we had one of those on top of a little bit of storm surge this morning and now we've got about 6 1/2 feet of storm surge in new york harbor, even more along the jersey coast and we're getting another one of those high tides. so that's -- the two together are what determines the total water level that people have at their feet. >> where are we going to see the biggest impact of this storm and what
chris stevens wanted more security. that's getting a fact wrong and will cause problems going forward. >> ezra klein, thank you so much coming and talking to us. >>> defense secretary leon panetta is warning that the u.s. could soon face what he's calling a cyber pearl harbor. during a speech in new york city last night he said recent hackings targeting u.s. companies are showing vulnerabilities to threats against transportation, communication and banking. the pentagon says panetta is pushing for a cyber security bill that had been blocked in august. customer erin swenson bought from us online today. so, i'm happy. sales go up... i'm happy. it went out today... i'm happy. what if she's not home? (together) she won't be happy. use ups! she can get a text alert, reroute... even reschedule her package. it's ups my choice. are you happy? i'm happy. i'm happy. i'm happy. i'm happy. i'm happy. happy. happy. happy. happy. (together) happy. i love logistics. >>> to politics now. the biden/ryan debate paled in comparison to the debate between california congressman howard berman and brad sherm
it will react should investigators find a militant group responsible for the death of chris stevens and three other americans, john. >> can i say, it seems to me that secretary clinton's statement is the first mature, effective thing the administration has said about this. and it strikes me as the act of someone who is taking responsibility, as she says, and doing her job. is the president ultimately responsible? yes, as president kennedy said, i'm the responsible officer of the military. but throwing her under the bus is wrong because to me she looks strong, rational. those are things we have not seen to describe the administration to the reaction of this story. >> and joe, part of the problem comes from the debate last week when vice president biden said we didn't know they asked for more security. when the officials had testified they asked for more security, so the white house came out with a clarification saying the white house didn't know about the request, that was a state department issue. they've been all over the place on this. >> they have. and i don't think this is going to affect
mitt romney over the years, and he has steadily improved, and, you know, people like stuart stevens and beth myers took a lot of heat over the last couple months about the campaign, but those -- i have worked with stuart before in many campaigns, and he's a debate preparation fanatic, and they understood that this would be an opportunity to shift the gears, to reframe the race, and one guy showed up and one guy prepared, and it showed. it really did. you know, a lot of people were saying it's the best since reagan. reagan had some natural gifts and was an affable guy. i think in terms of preparation, this may be one of the best presidential debate performances ever. >> i agree. in a totally amoral, apolitical sense, i agree with you. steve, what do you think happened to obama? >> i think he prepared and showed up for a news conference, not a debate. he answered the questions -- >> but there weren't any questions. lehrer didn't see it as his role -- >> we can talk about lehrer separately. i think what they were trying to accomplish is their view was the mitt romney campaign wasn't go
or is it even steven? >> i think it's flipped. it used to be you had to give a reason for early voting. you had to be disabled or -- wealthy people in florida or business people. now it's all about organizing and getting people there early. in ohio we have what's called the golden week. this was interestingly written by a republican legislature. the law wasself years ago where for one week registration is still open so you can register at the cuyahoga or franklin county or richland county board of elections. you can register to vote and vote in your name trip to the board of elections. >> i like that. >> it really makes sense. we're urging people to come in this week. people particularly who are least likely to be registered an that's people on college campuses coming back to school, more low income people, and people that might have moved for business reasons, whatever, and need to update their registrations. >> okay. here is the battle going on in the air. you were talking the ground game. the obama campaign is running this ad in ohio to attract voters in coal country. let's take a look at th
to medicare. >> i had five seconds before he interrupted me. >> and ready to rumble, steven colbert helps train jon stewart for his weekend showdown with bill o'reilly, that is if he doesn't chicken out first. >> jon, you're in worst shape than i thought. i'm going to have to take this to another level. full immersion. guenther, fetch me chucker carlson. thank you. >> so, after i use the chicken to wash your car. >> yes. >> am i ready? >> no. not even close, because to defeat bill o'reilly you must first catch the bird, wax my car with the bird and absorb its soul, the bird to defeat bill o'reilly you must make the bird into a chick-fil-a fillet sandwich. >> no. that is completely absurd! do you want to win? >> i do want to win. >> let the training begin. >> all right! ah -- >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in denver where mitt romney took the fight to president obama in wednesday's debate. last night it was the president who often seemed remote and disengaged. joining me now on the phone from the president's speech that he's just had in denver is chuck todd, of course, traveling wit
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